Health Cell meeting, July 13, 2017
Volunteers present: Prasad Lanka, Anu Lanka, Naga Chadaram, Dipasri Konar, Aravinda Pillalamarri
- Health for All – Key Challenges
We talked about the Mumbai Declaration and the six points that the People’s Health Movement articulated as key challenges in achieving the goal of health for all. These six points are
End Corporate-led Globalisation
End war and occupation
Implement Comprehensive and sustainable Primary Health Care
Confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic with Primary Health Care and Health Systems approach
Reverse Environmental damage caused by unsustainable development strategies
End discrimination in the Right to Health and take measures to stop violence against women
Our plan as a cell is to talk to our partners to find out out their perspectives on these challenges and strategies for addressing them.
As an example, Naga talked about the work of Sahanivasa in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh in relation to each of the six points. They work directly on the issues listed in the last four points, and in solidarity with organizations involved in the first two points. Naga and the Sahanivasa project coordinator will plan to interview Sahanivasa leaders to discuss all of these points in greater depth.
Dipasri asked about the importance of building toilets for the sake of improving health. While open defecation was a serious problem, we noted that without access to water, toilets were useless and hence many of the toilets built through existing programs were simply for show and did not address the problem of open defecation. Naga shared a story of his visit to Sahanivasa where he experienced the difficulty of fetching water first hand.
We had a brief discussion about the paper “Let Them Eat Paste: the Malnutrition Market” by Dr. Abhay Shukla and Dr Shweta Raut-Marathe.
We plan to invite the authors to the next health cell call, scheduled for July 20.